Quoting ~MOM~ 17 weeks:" I've worked in daycare centers...they're the reason I decided to do one from home. They suck. Not ALL of them lol but I'd much rather be a personable caregiver from my home."
We briefly used sort of an in home center. It was more of a farm house on her property so it still had a center feel.
The kids loved it. I liked that she had horses and other farm animals, and it was very close to my son's school. She did an OK job. I definitely had a better experience with her over my last child care in texas. but when the school accidentally dropped my son off at home instead of daycare, she didn't contact us or the school looking for him. In fact, a neighbor called the school to tell them she didn't feel comfortable w/ my son in her home and I needed to pick him up right away.
I feel a center would have known where he should have been and contacted us immediately. That's one of many reason's I'll never use an in home day care again.
Man that's such a horrible fright you got!
Are you sure you didn't sign anything saying she's allowed to take him out? My friend does in home care and she often takes the kids for a walk or to the park. Never out in the car though because she doesn't have enough room. I couldn't imagine her getting permission every day 'just Incase' they go for a walk because its a Nice day.. Did she have her own carseat?
<blockquote><b>Quoting Devil Duckie:</b>" I think the little extra cost is worth it. IDK about Australia, but here in the states, centers have to teach a certain curriculum to ensure kids will be ready for school. "</blockquote>
Yeah cost is a plus, I just really liked that my kids enjoyed it so much with the first 1, they had fun there and it didn't just completely drain them sort of thing, they weren't just throwing tantrums until they went to bed.
Thats a good point, I did like the structured learning in centres.
Quoting The Great Mustachio:" Same here, I've used both and found the care from a family carer to be way above that of the centers for us. Especially those ABC centers >.>"
I only start with infants. I worked in the infant care rooms at daycares and was always told I hold them too much and they got made if I'd rock them to sleep etc. I'd much rather give a baby the kind of love and care it would get from a mother if she could stay home with her baby. I only watch up to 4 so that each baby can get the care and attention he/she needs :)
<blockquote><b>Quoting The Great Mustachio:</b>" Same here, I've used both and found the care from a family carer to be way above that of the centers for us. Especially those ABC centers >.>"</blockquote>
I hated ABC. They're Goodstart now, we went back to them before we moved town because everyone said they were improved. I didn't have any of the same problems.
<blockquote><b>Quoting hobbit*:</b>" Man that's such a horrible fright you got! Are you sure you didn't sign anything saying she's allowed ... [snip!] ... her getting permission every day 'just Incase' they go for a walk because its a Nice day.. Did she have her own carseat?"</blockquote>
No and I only just took the enrolment forms in on Monday.
Lol yeah she said all the time that it was getting so strict and hard to do family daycare with all the rules and also new rules they were coming out with at the time.
She would usually just arrange around care times though.
I have seen a little convertible seat in her car and she had a booster seat at the door yesterday. Thinking about it, she got him out of the side I saw the convertible on. I don't think he would fit in one of those though :/ if its a standard sized convertible like it looks.
<blockquote><b>Quoting ♥MamaToSilas♥:</b>" She could have at least told you or answered her phone when you called. I signed paperwork when DS started ... [snip!] ... giving her permission to take DS outta the house whenever she needs to. She doesnt let me know if its just somewhere in town."</blockquote>
Yeah not answering my calls just scared me, I even thought for minute what if he was at the hospital. Then of course realised that no, someone would've called me
<blockquote><b>Quoting K+2.5:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Devil Duckie:</b>" this is exactly why I'll never use in home ... [snip!] ... go look at centres and see if there's any vacancies, probably just a lot less stress and more kids to play with anyway I guess!"</blockquote>
It would be. There's different rules in nsw by council. So I lived on the edge of one council if I drove another 2 minutes the family daycare there had completely different rules.
You need to find someone you are comfortable with and trust. When my dd was sick she would just stay in her pjs all day and have a warm bath there. But my daughter was the I only child there other than her daughter so it was a bit different. Her and I still remain friends.
<blockquote><b>Quoting ♥MamaToSilas♥:</b>" Why wouldn't he fit in a standard convertible seat? I've seen 1 week olds -4 year olds fit in them."</blockquote>
The 0-4 convertibles don't have a very high back, my DS1 was too tall at 2, so then I bought an infa secure seat because of the taller back and higher shoulder height for the 5 point.
When i had to move my DS1 to a booster, i put my DS2 into the infasecure and he's now taller than DS1 was so I just assume lol hope I made sense there...
<blockquote><b>Quoting Onalee's Mummy:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting K+2.5:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Devil Duckie:</b>" ... [snip!] ... But my daughter was the I only child there other than her daughter so it was a bit different. Her and I still remain friends."</blockquote>
Ah ok, that would get confusing lol
That'd be really nice, that's the side of family daycare that's so appealing, is the comfort of being in a home, not to mention just the 1 carer to get to know and be comfortable with, rather than change overs etc.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Ladee+Grant+Lilly:</b>" Not only would my kid NOT go back...I'd be filing a complaint with whatever board you have that regulates the day cares. Here you have to call the State and complain, not sure about there. "</blockquote>
I'm not sure either, on Monday I'm going to call the service she's through.
heck, the kids club my 3 year old goes too need my consent to go to the mini water park that is on their property.
That's a big heck no. I watch kids from home (FAMILY kids, mind you. 2 our my cousin's, 1 one is my niece, and 1 is my nephew) and despite them being family, I always text their parents and ask for permission before I even think about leaving. :? I would have been panicking!